The New York Times and BroadwayWorld are reporting that the Tonys might have to vacate their home yet again this year.
The New York Spring Spectacular will be returning to Radio City Music Hall in June (now titled just The New York Spectacular) reportedly starting performances on June 15th. The production’s takeover of the venue would fall into the Tonys timeline. The Times indicates that the Beacon theatre is being held as the second choice venue once again.
Interestingly a Playbill article announcing the rockettes show specifically cites the Tonys taking place before they load in. Though it should be noted the date in playbill is clearly incorrect as June 7th is a Tuesday. If the Tonys took place the first week in June, the 5th is the Sunday they’d be looking at.
Personally I think the Beacon’s size is a better fit, considering its closer to the size of many Broadway stages. It wont threaten to swallow up performances by the nominees. But its lcoation provides logistical challenges, and Radio City certainly has it beat in that department. Hopefully we will have an official announcement soon.
It was just revealed that next year’s Tony Awards will be held at the Beacon Theatre on June 12th!
Is the Beacon Theatre smaller than Radio City?
Its much smaller. But then again most spaces are small compared to Radio City. Radio City is gargantuan at about 6000 seats. Whereas the Beacon is just under 3000.
I honestly found that most numbers fit better on the Beacon stage during the two telecasts performed there. Its stage is about the same size as many musical houses on Broadway. At Radio City there is always a danger that smaller shows can get swallowed up by the huge space (Or big shows, I didnt think Kinky Boots came off well on that stage). The telecast should work well there, the only downside is there probably wont be any tickets on sale to the public.
I think the show worked well the last two years they were held at the Beacon, even though I still prefer Radio City for the event.